Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to atavist: polymer


1. The reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.
2. An individual or a part that exhibits atavism. Also called throwback.
3. The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.

[French atavisme, from Latin atavus, ancestor : atta, father + avus, grandfather; see awo- in Indo-European roots.]

at′a·vist n.
at′a·vis′tic adj.
at′a·vis′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.atavist - an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
References in periodicals archive ?
EVAN Ratliff wrote in his article 'The Mastermind,' published in the Atavist Magazine, that Le Roux became famous online through engaging in the Internet pharmacy business, specifically selling prescription drugs to Americans.
A recent enlistee, Seyward Darby, executive editor of the Atavist Magazine, wrote a recommendation letter for me graciously.
Using a neo-Marxist historiography--but emphasising archival sources and interviews with septuagenarians and octogenarians 'to strengthen the theoretical scaffolding' (68)--Chatthip's scholarship took an atavist cultural turn when he famously introduced the neo-paleo concept of wattanatham chumchon, or 'community culture'.
Abreu's short stories illustrate that, even when the characters had not met before, a connection between the characters involves atavist connotations; that is, the characters seem to know each other for a long time because of the immediate compatibility they establish.
Since 2008, when the economic crisis further squeezed journalism, those in search of that kind of nourishment have increasingly moved online, with a new cadre of narrative websites--The Atavist Magazine, Narratively, Longform--challenging the conventional wisdom that Web surfers are only interested in reading bite-sized chunks.
Written in a style that resembles text-based video games or books where you can choose actions for the characters to follow, this cryptic tale explores the separation between symbol and reality," said a press statement released by Atavist.
The following is an excerpt from Operation Red Falcon, by Ronen Bergman, published this week in The Atavist Magazine.
A true-life crime tale based on Josh Dean's article in the Atavist has the star of "Whiplash" marching to its beat.
O The Atavist e o Byliner, sites que oferecem producoes de nao-ficccao longform na forma de conteudo pago.
The Columbia Pictures project, which is based on an article by Joshua Bearman, was first published on the Atavist and highlighted how a hippie Coronado teacher and some high school students came up with the idea of smuggling weed from Mexico by swimming and paddling surfboards in 1969, Deadline.
Magazines with three nominations include The Atavist, The Atlantic, Esquire, Garden & Gun, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Vanity Fair and W.
Instead of allowing those who took to the streets to play a role, we observed many of Mubarak's era repackaged pundits back in public life armed with atavist decrees limiting freedom of expression that was tolerated even during the Brotherhood reign.